Lorie VanDonsel deserved unofficial honors as the student with the longest commute to Saturday’s mid-year commencement at UW-Green Bay.
The resident of Forsyth, Mont., made a special trip to Wisconsin to cross the Weidner Center stage and receive her Bachelor’s of Science Nursing degree, in person.
VanDonsel (at right, above, pre-ceremony with Nursing chairperson and Associate Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak), completed her studies entirely online. Saturday was the first time she had actually visited campus while enrolled here, although she was familiar with the University. A resident of Green Bay before she moved west, she graduated from Southwest High School.
VanDonsel works as a nurse in the intensive care unit of Holy Family Healthcare, a hospital in Miles City, in east-central Montana. Already a working nurse and the holder of an R.N. diploma, she enrolled in UW-Green Bay’s BSN-LINC track to pursue additional expertise and the credential of a four-year degree.
The Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay has three tracks: the BSN-LINC, for nurses outside Wisconsin; the BSN@Home for Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula nurses studying online; and the Campus Track for nurses who take classes on campus.